San Francisco-based Dandelion Chocolate and its single-origin bean-to-bar chocolates now tags early December for the opening date of its chocolate cafe and retail shop inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
Dandelion Chocolate only uses cacao sourced from countries near the equator and sugar from Brazil. Each bar includes a story about the source of the cacao beans and the year they were harvested. Beans hail from farms in Belize, Vietnam, Ecuador, Tanzania, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, Honduras, and more.
Aside from a collection of single-origin 70-plus percent cacao bars for sale, the cafe plans to feature house-made pastries, hot chocolate, coffee drinks, confections, and gifts. That hot chocolate comes in three varieties: thick and rich European drinking chocolate, an American riff on house hot chocolate with marshmallows made in house, and Mission hot chocolate with its spicy kick.
Las Vegas will be the first U.S. city outside of San Francisco to have a permanent Dandelion Cafe & Shop. It joins six locations in Japan and one pop-up in Taipai.